CBS News' "Sunday Morning" is heading west - to San Simeon, Calif., where Charles Osgood will anchor from the enchanting Hearst Castle for the program's 2010 edition of "By Design."
The broadcast will highlight the architectural and interior design of the estate, which was designed by media magnate William Randolph Hearst and his architect, Julia Morgan. Now a California state park, Hearst Castle sits on 126 of the original 250,000 acres, perched high above the Pacific coastline.
"Hearst Castle seemed like the perfect place to visit for our 'By Design' program," says Osgood. "The way the architecture and interior design incorporate European and Mediterranean styles and the way it blends with the surrounding landscape make it one of the world's most impressive showplaces. And the fact that the architect was a woman - unheard of at the time - makes it one of the most groundbreaking structures as well."
For all its grandeur, Hearst Castle was, at its core, a love nest, a refuge for Hearst and his mistress, actress Marion Davies. "To be with someone for that period of time is a definite love story," says Museum Director Hoyt Fields about Hearst and Davies' 30-year relationship, which lasted until his death in 1951.
This marks "Sunday Morning"'s 10th anniversary of "By Design," for which the program has abandoned the confines of the studio for a grand tour of some of the most famous homes and cities in the world.
Over the years, "Sunday Morning" has taken viewers to the Vanderbilt family's Biltmore Estate in North Carolina; Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Virginia; architect Philip Johnson's Glass House in Connecticut; Malcolm Forbes' yacht, the Highlander; and Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate in New York's Hudson Valley, among many others.
In addition to the Hearst Castle, "By Design" takes a look at all things style - including:
• Tracy Smith's profile of innovative hair and beauty stylist Frederic Fekkai;
• Martha Teichner's look at the history of refrigerator design;
• Bill Whitaker's report on the revolutionary design of the A5 light sport airplane; and
• Richard Schlesinger's look at that final frontier of American design ... the casket.
"By Design" will be broadcast on Sunday, May 23 (9:00-10:30 a.m. ET / check local listings), on the CBS Television Network.
Rand Morrison is the executive producer.
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